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HLT37015 Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

Health Services

Next intake To be advised
Duration Part-time: 12 months
TraineeshipFull-time: 1 yr | Part-time: 2 yrs (School-Based)

Course description

Would you like to be a vital team member in the medical profession? Then this course is for you! Sterile processing technicians work hard to prevent infections and other possible medical complications. They are so vital that most modern medical facilities would have difficulty functioning without them.

During this course, you will learn how to manage the sterilisation of equipment in a sterilisation service or reprocessing area, along with infection prevention and control policies and procedures, workplace health and safety, and how to interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately.

Work placement/industry experience

Work placement is required in this course, organised by the Gordon. You will attend 1 day per week, over 19 weeks and placement will occur at a local hospital. A current and approved Police Check dated in the year of your course, is required.For the duration of the clinical placement, all students should ideally have: · Immunity to hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella, varicella; and · No active tuberculosis infection *Please note that you may be required to travel outside of your usual training location to attend placement. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne. As per worker vaccination requirements , all applicants for this course must be triple vaccinated (boosted) against COVID-19 prior to undertaking placement which is a requirement for completion of this course. Students are required to provide evidence of full vaccination status, including booster dose, as part of their placement documentation which is provided to placement facilities. Students that cannot provide valid evidence will not be able to complete placement and therefore unable to complete this course.

Possible career outcomes

  • Sterilisation Technician
  • Sterile Instrument Technician

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3 and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Work placement requirements

  • Working with Children and Police Check are required for industry work placement 
  • For the duration of the clinical placement, all students should ideally have:
    • Immunity to hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella, varicella; and
    • No active tuberculosis infection 

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control HLTINF006 35
Care for reusable medical devices HLTSTE005 35
Clean and disinfect reusable medical devices HLTSTE001 35
Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005 30
Conduct manual tasks safely HLTWHS005 30
Inspect and pack reusable medical devices HLTSTE002 35
Manage sterile stock HLTSTE004 40
Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001 20
Sterilise loads HLTSTE003 40
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Chemically disinfect reusable medical devices HLTSTE006 40
Contribute to team effectiveness BSBFLM312 40
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately BSBMED301 60
Organise personal work priorities and development BSBWOR301 30


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.60 per hour 500 AUD $300.00 AUD $4,672.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.00 per hour 500 AUD $1,500.00 AUD $4,672.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $13.83 per hour 500 AUD $6,915.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $20.00 Once
Resources AUD $280.00
Education Levy AUD $75.00
Administration AUD $250.00 Once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 4/04/2024 8:00:13 PM